The chippy where you could write your name in the filth

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A FISH and chip shop owner who showed a “blatant disregard” for public health has been ordered to pay £1,500 costs.

Tahir Hussain, 27, must also do 80 hours’ unpaid work after admitting four breaches of food hygiene and safety rules and asking for 19 others to be taken into consideration.

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A court heard he was in charge of Village Fisheries in Mytholmroyd when health officers found filthy conditions and food unfit for humans in December.

He was served with an improvement notice, but when officers visited again in February they found little done.

Malcolm Nowell, prosecuting for Calderdale Council, told Bradford Crown Court officers marked the initials EH in dirt on a fridge seal on their first visit.

The letters were still there when they returned.

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Hussain also failed to keep cold products refrigerated and cooked products above 63C – the temperature at which bacteria is killed.

Plastic tubs of garlic butter, cream, pineapple chunks, and spinach and tomato puree were left open and were unfit for consumption.

Fridge-freezer compartments were not cleaned and disinfected, nor was a potato peeling machine.

A cloth used for what cleaning was carried out was filthy”and there was no hand basin.

Hussain, from Blackburn, also failed to keep the floor, ceiling and walls of the premises clean and in good condition. Stephen Wood, mitigating, said he had run another takeaway in Hebden Bridge for years but became overstretched after taking on the shop in 2008.

“Dividing his time between those two establishments was too much,” he said.

Judge Peter Benson told Hussain: “People serving the public have a duty to make sure that their food is prepared in hygienic and suitable circumstances.

“That’s a very serious responsibility and you breached that.”

The fish and chip shop is now under new management.

Mark Thompson, Calderdale Council’s head environment, said: “Action was taken against a persistent offender who put the public’s health seriously at risk.”